RSCA Response to City of Ottawa Secondary Dwelling units in Accessory Structures Zoning Study

Riverside South Community Association comments on the City of Ottawa: Secondary Dwelling units in Accessory Structures Zoning Study

The Riverside South Community Association (RSCA) agrees with the comments and concerns outlined in the Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa (FCA) submission by Sheila Perry, VP and Liaison, Planning and Zoning in response to the Secondary Dwelling units in Accessory Structures Zoning Study that was completed recently.

Every community has unique characteristics which need to be recognized and accommodated for when implementing the type of zoning provision as proposed in this study. Riverside South a suburban community represents a mix of housing types generally on smaller lots. The community is relatively new with a young tree cover in most cases. The disturbance of the lots to construct these accessory structures including the required services could cause some of this vegetation to be damaged. Privacy concerns would be another obvious issue with the smaller lots. A “one size fits all” citywide secondary dwelling in accessory structure zoning By-law would not accommodate for the type of constraints and parameters of this community.

The recently approved Riverside South Community Design Plan removes most of two large Urban Natural Areas on the south side of Earl Armstrong. The loss of this tree cover will certainly exacerbate density and quality of life expectations of the residents living or planning to live in this community. The inclusion of these secondary dwelling units in accessory structures as proposed would diminish the amount of open green space available on our housing lots and make it very difficult to add or increase tree and/or vegetation cover on these smaller lots.

There are a number of elements or criteria in this report that need to be clearly addressed and included in the next phase of this review process. RSCA support the following statements or general concerns that were identified in the FCA submission:

  1. The Coach House By-law needs to be linked with the Urban Tree Conservation By-law as well as the City’s By-laws protecting trees on City Property. It needs to be cognizant of the Urban Forest Management Plan, which is being developed.
  2. These secondary dwelling units in accessory buildings should have no basements
  3. Lot coverage value should apply only to rear yard area of the principle residence; it should not include the side yard area leading to the Coach House. The value also must include coverage by the rear yard decks and porches, since all structures remove permeable surfaces from rear yards, limit vegetation and contribute to the heat island effect.

Ottawa is proposing to implement a By-law that will apply to most properties, but provide little control over impacts on abutting properties and the environment. It will not be appealable to the OMB. (It is very important to get it right)

  • Secondary units must comply with any applicable laws and standards. This includes the Building Code, the Fire Code and property standards bylaws.
  • Municipalities should assess where second units may be appropriate in the primary dwelling versus the ancillary structure.
  • Exclude wood-burning fireplaces.
  • Construction equipment during the construction process must take measures to protect trees on subject and abutting lots.
  • Privacy intrusion or overlook issues
  • Protection of abutting property concerns
  • Noise Pollution (mitigation measures)
  • Air Pollution (mitigation measures)
  • Restrict building height to one storey (with no person access i.e. balcony, roof top deck, etc.)
  • Develop specific appropriateness criteria for allowing a Coach House over a garage.
  • Setbacks should identify minimums not maximums
  • Assess implications for abutting neighbours (as part of the secondary dwelling application process)
  • Parking and laneway concerns (suburban communities have limited ability to accommodate additional parking and laneway improvements)
  • Density issues – implications (Riverside South will comprise of a large number of medium and high density housing in addition to low density housing). Has this review considered the likely increased congestion on our city roads, increased parks and recreation usage and/or requirements, access to social and medical services, spatial/personal space concerns with having dwelling units in backyards with little to no privacy accommodations.
  • Additional on-street parking issues (existing on street parking pressures)


Bruce Lindsay
RSCA Community Development Coordinator

Federation of Citizens Associations (FCA) – Coach Houses – July 22, 2016

Pressure Reducing Valves – Ottawa South

Residents of Ottawa South,

Please see the response below we have recently forwarded to Councillor Qaqish, which will now modify the proposed implementation program for installation of PRV and pressure tanks. Once we have developed a list of pre-qualified plumbers you will contacted to complete the installation in your home. We anticipate installations to begin sometime in late September. There is sufficient time, as the pressure zone changes will not occur until the Spring of 2017.

Fraser Smith

Councillor Qaqish,

Based on current correspondence received from residents about the PRV and Pressure Tank Program in Ottawa South, there is now significant concern on how the program is to be implemented. The two main concerns identified by the residents is that they have to hire a plumber on their own and they will have to wait for payment from the City after it is initially paid for by each resident. Residents are requesting an alternate method to implement the installation of the PRV’s and pressure tanks in Ottawa South.

We have contacted the City’s Purchasing Department to see if an alternate delivery method could be formulated, which would satisfy both Purchasing/Legal and resolve the concerns raised by the residents. Based on these discussions, we now have a new recommended course of action which is as follows:

  1. Homeowner contacts the project team requesting the pressure reducing valve be installed in their home
  2. They are given a name and contact number of a licensed, approved plumber to perform the work
  3. The homeowner books directly with the plumber to do the work
  4. City reviews the work and pays the plumber directly

Each property will be notified of the following information:

  • After the one year maintenance period has expired, all property owners will own and be responsible for maintenance of all installations.
  • Typical maintenance and recommended replacement schedules for the installed equipment, will be provided to the property owners.
  • Property owners will be required to sign a release in favour of the City for the installed devices.

Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Fraser Smith, P. Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Infrastructure Services Department
Design and Construction Municipal East Branch
City of Ottawa | 100 Constellation Crescent | 6th Floor | Ottawa | ON | K2G 6J8| ( (613) 580-2424 x 25095 | 7 (613) 560-6064

Community Heads Up – 4450 Limebank Road

The City of Ottawa, Planning Department has received a Site Plan Control application (D07-12-16-0082) for 4450 Limebank Road. The subject property is located on the west side of Limebank Road, south of Spratt Road and north of Earl Armstrong Road. The purpose of this application is to permit the development of a planned unit development comprised of four low-rise apartment buildings containing 16 units each.

Additional information will be provided in the near future during the comment circulation period.

Any questions regarding the proposed, please contact:

Amanda Marsh
Development Review
Planning and Growth Management
110 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 13409
Fax: 613-560-6006

Stage 2 LRT Public Consultation

We would like to invite you to attend one of the public consultations below on the Stage 2 Station Connectivity Study.

The purpose of this consultation is to get input from the community on how to enhance community connections at all Stage 2 stations, including multi-use pathways, cycling facilities and crosswalks.

Public Consultations Dates/Locations (7-9 p.m.) :

  • West Stations:
    • (Queensview, Pinecrest and Bayshore) – August 9th, 2016 – All Saints Lutheran Church, 1061 Pinecrest Road
    • (Iris and Baseline) – August 10th, 2016 – Algonquin College ACCE Building, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Room CA105, 1st floor
  • South Stations:
    • (Walkley, Greenboro and South Keys) – August 17th, 2016 Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, 1265 Walkley Road
    • (Leitrim and Bowesville) – August 30th, 2016 Rideauview Community Centre, 4310 Shoreline Drive
  • East Stations:
    • (Montreal Road Jeanne d’Arc, Orléans Blvd., Place d’Orléans and Trim) August 29th, 2016 – Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex, 1490 Youville Drive

For more information, please contact the Stage 2 Project Office at


Nous vous invitons cordialement à participer à l’une des consultations publiques de l’Étude sur la connectivité des stations, qui se tiendront dans le cadre de l’Étape 2 du projet de train léger sur rail.

Ces consultations visent à recueillir les commentaires de la collectivité sur les améliorations à apporter aux liaisons communautaires dans toutes les stations de l’Étape 2, y compris les sentiers polyvalents, les pistes cyclables et les passages pour piétons.

Dates et lieux des consultations publiques (19 h à 21 h) :

  • Stations de l’ouest
    • (Queensview, Pinecrest et Bayshore) : le 9 août 2016, église luthérienne All Saints, 1061, chemin Pinecrest
    • (Iris et Baseline) : le 10 août 2016, édifice ACCE du Collège Algonquin, 1385, avenue Woodroffe, salle CA105, 1er étage
  • Stations du sud
    • (Walkley, Greenboro et South Keys) : le 17 août 2016, Centre récréatif Jim-Durrell, 1265, chemin Walkley
    • (Leitrim et Bowesville) : le 30 août 2016, Centre communautaire Rideauview, 4310, promenade Shoreline
  • Stations de l’est
    • (chemin Montréal, Jeanne d’Arc, boul. Orléans, Place d’Orléans et Trim) : le 29 août 2016, Complexe récréatif Bob-MacQuarrie – Orléans, 1490, promenade Youville

Pour en savoir davantage, veuillez vous adresser au Bureau du projet de l’Étape 2 du train léger (

Passing of Zoning By-Law and Adoption of Official Plan Amendments

***Please review the documents at the bottom of this page for full details of the passing of the zoning by-law and official plan amendments***

The Council of the City of Ottawa passed By-law 2016-222 on June 22, 2016, under Section 34 of The PLANNING ACT.

By-law 2016-222 amends the City of Ottawa Zoning By-law 2008-250. The amendment affects the lands located in Riverside South as shown on the attached Location Maps.

The amendment re-zones: a) land shown on Map 1 from Environmental Protection to Development Reserve and R5Z Residential; b) land in the Community Core as shown on Map 2 from various zones to General Mixed Use, R5Z Residential, L2 Leisure or O1 Open Space; and c) land shown on Map 3 from Development Reserve to L2 Leisure.

The proposed zoning changes will implement the land use changes as proposed in the Community Design Plan for Riverside South relating to the Community Core, the Woodlots, a Park and Ride and the District Parks.

For further information, please contact Donald Morse, Planner, at 613-580-2424 extension 13850, or by e-mail at

The purpose of Amendments 171 and 172 are to amend Schedules B of the Official Plan in order to reduce one Urban Natural Feature and to eliminate another and to amend Schedule I in order to modify the multi-use pathways in Riverside South. These changes will implement the land use changes as proposed in the Community Design Plan for Riverside South.

Rezoning and Official Plan Amendment

An Rezoning and Official Plan Amendment has been proposed in Your Neighbourhood

File No: D01-01-15-0002 and D02-02-15-0021
An application for a Zoning By-law amendment, also known as a rezoning, and an Official Plan Amendment, has been initiated by the City of Ottawa for the secondary dwelling units (coach houses) in accessory structures Zoning Study. Posted at the bottom of this page, you will find:

  • Details of the proposed rezoning for the secondary dwelling units (coach houses) in accessory structures Zoning Study.
  • A form for you to fill out to receive future notifications about this application and to provide your comments.

Stay Informed and Involved

  1. Please provide your comments by July 22, 2016
  2. Register for future notifications about this application and provide your comments either by faxing or mailing the notification sign-up form (below) or by e-mailing and adding File No. D01-01-15-0002 and D02-02-15-0021 in the subject line.
  3. Access information regarding this study online at
  4. Should you have questions, please contact Tim Moerman – contact information is below.


Tim Moerman, Planner II
Planning and Growth Management
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 13944
Fax: 613-580-2459

Une modification du zonage et du Plan officiel a été proposée dans votre quartier

No de dossier : D01-01-15-0002 and D02-02-15-0021
Une modification au Règlement de zonage, aussi appelée modification de zonage, ainsi qu’une modification au Plan officiel, a été proposée la ville d’Ottawa pour le Étude de zonage pour les logements secondaires dans des constructions accessoires. Vous trouverez dans en bas:

  • des détails sur la modification de zonage proposée pour le Étude de zonage pour les logements secondaires dans des constructions accessoires;
  • un formulaire à remplir pour recevoir les avis futurs au sujet de cette demande et pour fournir vos commentaires.

Restez informé et participez

  1. S’il vous plait, fournissez vos commentaires d’ici le 22 juillet, 2016
  2. Inscrivez-vous pour recevoir des avis futurs au sujet de cette demande et fournir vos commentaires, soit en envoyant le formulaire d’inscription par télécopie ou par la poste, soit en envoyant un courriel – et en ajoutant le no de dossier D01-01-15-0002 and D02-02-15-0021 dans la ligne objet.
  3. Accédez en ligne aux plans et aux études présentés concernant la présente demande à
  4. Si vous avez des questions, veuillez communiquer avec Tim Moerman – coordonnées ci-dessous.

Meilleures salutations,

Tim Moerman, urbaniste
Urbanisme et gestion de la croissance, Ville d’Ottawa
110, avenue Laurier Ouest, 4e étage, Ottawa (Ontario) K1P 1J1
Tél. : 613-580-2424, poste 13944
Télécopieur : 613-580-2459


EN Proposal Summary – OPA and ZBLA- Coach Houses – June 23
FR Proposition – OPA and ZBLA- Annexes residentielles – Jun23
Public Circulation – Bil – Cover Letter Lettre Jun23
Public Circ Publique – Comment Sheet – Fiche de commentaires Bil Jun23

Questionnaire: New Ottawa Central Library

Public invited to participate in online questionnaire about the new Ottawa Central Library

An online questionnaire is now available for the public to help shape the criteria that will be used to evaluate potential locations for the new flagship Ottawa Central Library.

The public has until Thursday, June 9 (midnight) to complete the questionnaire online at The questionnaire may also be completed using public access computers available at any of the Ottawa Public Library’s 33 branches.

The questionnaire is an opportunity for the public to rate a list of location factors that was developed with community input, technical expertise, and best practice research. This is the public’s opportunity to identify what is important to them in selecting a site for this city-building initiative. The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) Board will be asked to approve the evaluation criteria and weighting at the July 12 meeting.

In a concurrent process the OPL, working with the City of Ottawa, launched a call-out to identify publicly- and privately-owned sites within the city’s Central Area that could be suitable for the Ottawa Central Library. The sites identified through the call-out, which closed on May 20, will be compiled in a site inventory that will be made public after the site criteria are approved.

The sites in the inventory will be evaluated and analyzed against the Board-approved criteria. This will result in a short-listing of potential sites, which will undergo financial analysis and due diligence. The OPL Board will make a decision before the end of the year regarding the financial framework, potential partnership with Library and Archives Canada (LAC), a project delivery method, and location. The OPL Board will recommend a best approach to Ottawa City Council.

Ground-breaking for the Ottawa Central Library is expected in the spring of 2018 with official opening of a new iconic library in 2020.

This is an exciting City-building initiative that will continue to promote Ottawa’s transformation as a leading global city.


Invitation au public à répondre au questionnaire en ligne de la nouvelle Bibliothèque centrale d’Ottawa

Le public a maintenant accès à un questionnaire en ligne grâce auquel il pourra contribuer à la définition des critères qui serviront à évaluer les emplacements possibles du nouvel édifice emblématique qui accueillera la Bibliothèque centrale d’Ottawa.

La population a jusqu’au jeudi 9 juin à minuit pour répondre au questionnaire en ligne à l’adresse Il est aussi possible d’utiliser l’un des ordinateurs publics disponibles dans les 33 succursales de la Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa (BPO).

Les résidents pourront ainsi évaluer les différents critères relatifs à l’emplacement proposés à la lumière des séances de discussion, de l’expertise technique et des études sur les pratiques exemplaires. Il s’agit d’une occasion en or pour le public de dire ce qu’il juge important dans le choix de l’emplacement de cette initiative municipale d’envergure. Le conseil d’administration de la BPO devra approuver les critères d’évaluation et la pondération lors de sa réunion du 12 juillet.

Parallèlement, la BPO, en collaboration avec la Ville d’Ottawa, a lancé un appel de propositions pour des propriétés municipales et privées de l’aire centrale propices à l’aménagement de la Bibliothèque centrale. Les sites ciblés lors de ce processus, qui a pris fin le 20 mai, seront répertoriés et rendus publics une fois les critères d’évaluation approuvés.

Chacun des sites inscrits dans le répertoire sera ensuite évalué et analysé à la lumière des critères approuvés par le C.A. en vue de faire une présélection, puis les sites potentiels seront soumis à une analyse financière et à un examen rigoureux. Le C.A. de la BPO prendra une décision d’ici la fin de l’année sur le cadre financier, le partenariat possible avec Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, la méthode de réalisation du projet et l’emplacement. Il recommandera ensuite l’approche à privilégier au Conseil municipal d’Ottawa.

Les travaux de construction de la Bibliothèque centrale d’Ottawa devraient débuter au printemps 2018, et l’inauguration officielle de ce nouvel édifice emblématique est prévue pour 2020.

Ce projet de construction municipal emballant contribuera grandement à la transformation d’Ottawa en chef de file mondial.

City of Ottawa – Coach House Project Update

Throughout the month of February the City initiated its second round of public consultation with the release of the Basic Principles and Draft Recommendations paper. This paper was the City’s first foot out the door with how to allow Coach Houses throughout the City. A summary document, titled As-We-Heard-It, has been posted on the project webpage to provide an overview of the comments received. Please see:

During this public consultation period, the City received many comments and great feedback which require further analysis. The City has therefore adjusted the timeline of this project, from a completion in May 2016 to a completion in the Fall of 2016. This will allow for additional time to consult with key stakeholders to address some of the issues and requests brought forward during the public consultation process. Should residents wish to discuss the Coach House study further, please contact Emily Davies (contact information below).

The next steps for the project are to release the Staff circulation, which will include a summary of the Zoning By-law and Official Plan proposed changes, for further public comment. It is anticipated these will be ready in the Summer of 2016. A notification/post will be updated once this information is available to the public.

Emily Davies, MES-Plan, MCIP RPP
Planner II – Policy Development and Urban Design Branch
Urbaniste II – Services de l’urbanisme et de la gestion de la croissance

City of Ottawa | Ville d’Ottawa
613.580.2424 ext./poste 23463
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